I was kind of torn between two ideas for Wacky Wednesday this week.
Second grade ends for the Sassy Lassy on Friday. My first idea was to honor that by having a two-course meal made up entirely of foods that only had two ingredients. Fun, no?
But then as we were brushing teeth last night and Sassy Lassy showed me how wiggly her top tooth is, I decided we had to go in another direction. While many of her classmates have lost 5, 6 or MORE teeth she has still just lost the two on the bottom. And both of those fell out and have already grown back in. But this new wiggly one? It is front and center in the top row! Exciting!
But here’s the thing: I leave for Chicago on Saturday and I am afraid I will miss the big event. The Tooth Fairy duties have been my responsibility but there is also just the idea that I will be missing such rite of passage that leaves me feeling a little sad. I mean, I know I cannot be there for every single milestone for my kids. And, oh boy, do I know that as a working Mom. But her little smile will never quite be the same once those teeny baby teeth on the top fall out and their replacements grow in.
So my plan is to step up my role as Tooth Fairy and see if I can’t help speed the process along. I am going to make several foods all designed to help that little tooth wiggle free. Think chewy or gooey and crunchy:
- Corn on the Cob
- Carrot Sticks
- Deep Dish Pizza
- Carmel Apples
I was feeling really confident of this plan until we went out for dinner last night and she ordered herself the kid’s rib platter. Even with all that bone gnawing that tooth is being pretty stubborn.
And finishing this post reminds me, that the Sassy Lassy also let me know, so that I could let the Tooth Fairy know, that she doesn’t want the customary $2 bill for the next tooth loss. She’s asked for a gift card to her favorite knick-knack shop. See why she has her nickname?
This time of year always gets me thinking about friends.
The school year is drawing to a close for the Sassy Lassy. She is definitely ready to put the school year (and second grade) behind her and is very much looking forward to attending summer camp. Many of the kids she will be attending with are kids she saw daily in daycare and preschool and who have now moved on to different schools. She is a funny kid. She loves people but gives her heart over to friendship very carefully. And then, of course, you are a friend of hers for life.
Mr. Mister is in transition. In just a couple of short weeks he moves to his new classroom and they have been making daily visits to get to know his new teachers. He will be there for the summer and then he starts preschool in the fall. We recently broke the news that his best buddy will be moving into a different classroom. And he took the news in stride. For Mr. Mister meeting someone new is always an opportunity to make new friends. And as a bonus. he also has an imaginary friend, named Mason, to keep him entertained.
And for me? My 25th high school reunion is coming up this year. I am still trying to decide if I will attend the reunion of the high school I did not graduate from in addition to the one I did. I have many friends from grade school and junior high that I would enjoy catching up with. And I have already been to all the other reunions my high school has had. And since I am, and always have been, a “the-more-the-merrier” kind of gal maybe I will go to both of them.
Friendships are an important part of our lives. In some ways, even more so today than ever before. In this ever-advancing techno age, I think those personal connections go a long towards teaching lessons, building memories and having fun.
Our Wacky Wednesday meal will honor friends by combining foods you simply CAN’T imagine without the other. You know, like cereal & milk. But friendships are often more than just two people so we’ll also combine a bunch of foods that are perfectly yummy on their own but are even better when they are combined. You know, like Chilli.
Black Bean/Corn Quesedillas
Chips & Dip (guacamole)
Carrots & Ranch Dressing
Ice Cream & Cone
And we will continue the ongoing conversations about friends: about treasuring old ones and making new ones.
Last night, WE ROCK’d for Wacky Wednesday. Here’s a picture of our Ramen, Olives, Cucumber and King Salmon. Get it? ROCK?
Stay with me here. You can see we also had Edamame. Add the Water we drank and you totally have the WE ROCK theme.
But it gets better because we also indulged in a childhood favorite of mine: POP ROCKS!
I can remember being fascinated by them as a kid. Something my own parents surely remember as they give me some of them every year during the holidays.
Apparently a lot of people don’t realize that you can still buy them. You can. And they even have new flavors. This was the first time I tried to the Candy Cane flavor. I am not a huge fan of mint so they were … interesting.
We also rocked out to some classic rock that kept us all dancing while I cooked and then we cleaned up together.
Last week was fun! Here are a couple of the highlights –
Strawberries cut into the shape of hearts:
And Alex devouring his homemade donut smothered in Nutella:
After a week of non-stop celebrating it is hard to even think about Wacky Wednesday. Add in one sick child (Alex came home from daycare yesterday with a fever and a cough), a Camp Reunion Night for Sophie and John’s busy season at work and we’re all thinking toning it down just a tad tonight is just fine.
So, I am going to be a short-order cook tonight. I will put on my apron and if it can be made with the ingredients we have on hand it is fair game. It will be interesting to see what everyone chooses. And since I am one of those if-you-don’t-like-what-I-cook-you-can-have-a-peanut-butter-sandwich kind of a Mom it will be a special treat.